Protesters lower flags to half mast

2011-11-22 14:42

Cape Town - Hundreds of people gathered outside Parliament's main gates in Cape Town to mark "Black Tuesday", the passage of the controversial protection of state information bill through the National Assembly.

Almost all those taking part in the Right2Know Campaign protest were dressed in black. Some had sealed their mouths closed with black tape. Many carried posters.

"Those who vote for the bill are criminals themselves", "We demand the right to know", "Black Tuesday" and "ANC Rule = Fascism" were among the messages held aloft.

Protesters lowered flags to half mast on two of the four poles at the Plein Street entrance to the parliamentary complex before police intervened.

The police then sealed off the area below the poles with tape.

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  • richard.hipkin - 2011-11-22 14:48

    It's a sad day in South Africa, everything that was fought for for a free South Africa has just been destroyed. Hello the new apartheid.

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 16:37

      It has taken a few yrs, but it would seem that a few have woken up

  • Anthony - 2011-11-22 14:57

    when the last person leaves the country switch off the lig... oops forgot no lights only one big BLACK OUT???

  • Eric - 2011-11-22 15:11

    Should of hung the flags upside down

      Paas - 2011-11-22 15:24

      I doubt the large bottommed MPs would even understand the symbolism of an upside down flag.

  • Kalai - 2011-11-22 15:15

    i feel sad

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-22 15:16

    Now this change has to be seen in a different light. Election time is still coming and we are all still free to chose who represents us. May this day be remembered as the day the ANC lost it's voters.

      Jan - 2011-11-22 15:57

      I couldn't agree more!

      Peace - 2011-11-22 16:15

      indeed, wake up all south africans! this is not the anc of mandela. this is the anc of selfish communists who have no thought for anyone other than themselves. Oh God, have mercy on us. election time... be wise and do not fear, it is your right to vote!

      danielm10 - 2011-11-22 16:40

      GUYS, the ANC also manages the votes, the MEC is al ANC employees, they can do with the votes as they please, we would not even know..!!!!!!!

  • Richard - 2011-11-22 15:17

    The problem is that protesting does not make a difference. In a country where people strike, riot and protest over every little thing, you cannot make a statement by staging a protest. You will not be heard, in fact you will be ignored. Just another protest. The only effective tool we have in a democracy is our vote. If a government passes an undemocratic law, those who love freedom and democracy have the responsibility to vote against that government. I hope that many ANC voters will realise what has happened today and change their vote. And I hope the SA government looks north and learns something. One day, the very people you thought were on your side will vote you out, if you continue to trample on the rights of people and destroy their freedom.

  • Martin - 2011-11-22 15:20

    Should have replaced the SA flag with a black one!

      Jonathan - 2011-11-22 15:31

      OK, but then it would just look like a black flag... e.g. "Hey, look, there's an oke with a black flag" instead of "Wow, how sombre, he's substituted the SA flag for a black one...really symbolic... etc"

      chris.s.vangraan - 2011-11-22 15:42

      maybe a black coffin to mark the end of press freedom and the end of democracy?

  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 15:42

    You are quite right they are all criminals, Ali Bab and his 40 thieves reside in South African Parliament, and we all thought that Malema was the evil one.

  • Kylie - 2011-11-22 15:55

    I cant believe what's happening - Everything Madiba fought so hard for is being ripped apart and spat on by his own "comrades" WTF? You should hang your heads in Shame.... You are raping this country like Mugabe has Zim and look at it now....Karma is bitch and she is coming for you... All of you Sorry bastards......

  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 15:58

    Yes People of South Africa, especially the ANC voters, nows your chance to vote them out of government, think about it, you will do this country a great favour, think of your future and your childrens, with this siencing the press means, you will never ever know who is stealing what, they will continue to blame the white natin and apartheid for this theft and your demise.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-22 16:14

    The final nail in the coffin.

  • arne.meyer1 - 2011-11-22 16:26

    Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants" — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. JFK Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association (27 April 1961)

  • Stacey-Ann - 2011-11-22 16:46

    i am very very sad!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-11-22 16:52

    It is time for the people of this nation to stand up and realize that the ANC elitists have become the biggest disgrace in South Africa. It is time we shun them, turn our backs against them and boycott every MP that voted for this bill. This makes Malema look like a Saint.

  • John - 2011-11-22 17:00

    It is Sad when when thieves and Fu@#ing criminals rule our country. They ar doing with absolutely no regard to the public that drives this country. The tax payers should have a say and be heard. All You CRIMINALS who voted for this bill hope you rot in HELL you mother F!@#$%S

  • henk.vanderwatt - 2011-11-22 17:31

    Now just don’t report on any Government News and don’t show up at their news convergences.

  • lumkile.zani - 2011-11-22 17:50

    That person lowered those flag, was Zacki Achmat,one the most powerful activist we have in this country. In fact, that was a symbol of mourning,Black Tuesday.

  • Peter - 2011-11-22 18:01

    This is real trouble to come!!I really am happy that people out there are aware of this which could be the ANCs downfall.

  • hpitout - 2011-11-22 18:52 One to watch for the future? Vote for change in the next election!

  • TrueSouthAfrican - 2011-11-23 08:31

    If this bill goes through, it will be an end to 'democracy'. Not that there really was democracy in this country, not before 1994 and not after. The leadership on the whole has used their followers, and everyone is too blind to see what is happening. The leaders in this country today are just selfish and care only about themselves. The fact that they changed from 4 provinces to 9, and put in an expensive leadership in each one is so obvious, that I can not understand that there are still people who believe them. Having a youth league with immature leaders is also another sign of lack of democracy. The leadership in this country talk the talk but can not walk the talk, because they do not care about democracy and that is why we had all this crap and fighting since the ANC came into being.

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